The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 108 people for allegedly impersonating Nigerian Navy men and officers.

On Wednesday, November 10, the suspects were apprehended during a raid on their training camp in the Ogudu-Sanfield area of the state.

The commanding officer of the training camp, Sunday Dakare, was also arrested, according to Lagos state Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu. The suspects were said to be operating under the guise of the Nigerian Merchant Navy, also known as the Coastal Defence.

“On November 10, 2021, around 11 a.m., the Lagos State Police Command raided the illegal Merchant Navy training camp located in the Ogudu-Sandfield area of Lagos State, and arrested the Commanding Officer, Sunday Dakare, 47, as well as 107 suspects currently undergoing training,” the police commissioner said.

“I’d like to inform you that the command has been conducting intensive surveillance of the camp and its activities as a result of credible actionable intelligence on the Merchant Navy’s illegal activities.” The command carried out a well-coordinated overt operation at the training camp in the early hours of the morning as a result of intensive monitoring of the camp and its operators.

“Several military accoutrements, including camouflage badges of ranks, a flag, a signboard, and ID cards, were recovered during the raid, which was coordinated by the command’s operations department. Recruitment letters, promotion letters, a portrait of the commanding officer, two motorcycles, one plasma TV, three cutlasses, criminal charms, and other items were among the items recovered.”

Odumosu warned residents to be wary of people posing as military personnel in order to carry out illegal operations in the state, noting that the Nigerian Merchant Navy had been outlawed by the Federal Government. He also disclosed that the organization had been operating illegally since 2005.